If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor.
The road to hell is paved with adverbs.
My own experience is that once a story has been written, one has to cross out the beginning and the end. It is there that we authors do most of our lying.
Writing is turning one's worst moments into money.
Fiction is the truth inside the lie.
How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.
Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere.
Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public.
People on the outside think there's something magical about writing, that you go up in the attic at midnight and cast the bones and come down in the morning with a story, but it isn't like that. You sit in back of the typewriter and you work, and that's all there is to it.
If you're not failing every now and again, it's a sign you're not doing anything very innovative.
When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.
There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.
If I had to give young writers advice, I would say don't listen to writers talking about writing or themselves.
A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit.
When in doubt, have a man come through the door with a gun in his hand.
I am irritated by my own writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sound he hears within.
Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader - not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.
Close the door. Write with no one looking over your shoulder. Don't try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It's the one and only thing you have to offer.
Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day.
Begin with an individual, and before you know it you find that you have created a type; begin with a type, and you find that you have created - nothing.
Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.
The work never matches the dream of perfection the artist has to start with.
I have been successful probably because I have always realized that I knew nothing about writing and have merely tried to tell an interesting story entertainingly.
If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn't matter a damn how you write.
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